Writing In Public: Year 1, Month 1, Day 26

Wednesday

This was another day of working with my daughter. I sure do love that little girl, and I feel terribly guilty about working when we could be playing together. Then I feel guilty for not getting as much done as I could, because I know if I could elevate my writing career just a little bit things would be much better for all of us.

I have lots of work to do, but lots of other things that I need to do, too, so in the morning I decided to defrost the refrigerator. That was supposed to be a pretty quick task, but it got way out of hand. The hair dryer broke. I accidentally melted our spray bottle. By the time I gave up, I’d lost almost two hours and nearly ripped off one of my fingernails, and I still had a big block of ice in the refrigerator, taunting me. But, hey, the freezer was done, so there’s that.

I did get some writing done in the afternoon at nap time. In the evening I went to a side job. This is the last week for that particular side job, and I’m happy about that. After I came back, I managed to get a little more done.

Writing

I got very close to the end of Taxi Adventure today. I go faster because it’s exciting being this close to the end and because there are fewer and fewer things to figure out, but slower because everything has to come together perfectly. I actually completed two scenes from the last chapter today, including the very last scene, which I love.

Oddly enough, I started writing a bit of the first project of what seems to be my next project, not because working on Taxi Adventure was hard, or because I was procrastinating, but because I had thought of something really cool that I couldn’t wait to write down. I’ll talk more about that later, mostly because I haven’t 100% decided what my next project should be

In all, I only got 1,300 words logged today, but they were good ones.

On Scheduling

I like the idea of homeschooling. I dislike the idea of public school. I want my daughter to have friends and spend her days doing happy things. I need to spend a lot of time focused on my writing with minimal distractions. Balancing all these things will be tricky, if I can do it at all, but one thing I’ve been thinking lately is that we would benefit greatly from a rigid schedule. We do it on a limited basis now, and it seems to really help. I was playing with some ideas, and I think I have a solution that satisfies everything and still gets me 4,000+ words per day, which is enough to meet my goals. I think I’ll give it a full test run next week, and make adjustments from there.

It’s weird how rigid structures in things like time and genre can be liberating.

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